Gothic Horse-Armour by Unknown Artist

All Gothic armour is rare but horse armour dated before 1500 is especially so.

Details

Art Fund grant:
£1,000 ( Total: £8,256)
Acquired in:
1958
Vendor:
Fischer Fine Art

This horse-armour is remarkably complete, comprising a chanfron for the head, a laminated crinet for the neck, a hinged peytrel for the chest, two large plates covering the flanks, and a crupper in the form of a grotesque dragon with legs. There are also hinged plates to protect the bridle. The surfaces of the plates are broken up in the German Gothic manner with decorative flutings, and, in the centre of the peytrel, is a large grotesque mask embossed and chased in a style characteristic of the time.

Provenance

Ducal family, Anhalt; W.R.Hearst.

Venue details

Royal Armouries Museum Armouries Drive, LEEDS West Yorkshire LS10 1LT 0113 220 1999 www.royalarmouries.org

Entry details

Free to all

Mon – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec

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